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'Convert XLS'

(MS Excel Conversion and Sheet Manipulation Utility)

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Convert Excel with ' Convert XLS '

'Convert XLS' is a simple to use, yet sophisticated Excel converter utility specifically designed for Excel, text and CSV (character/comma delimited) files. If you need to convert/manipulate one or thousands of files, located in one or many folders this is the tool! Conversions can be done 10-15 times faster without MS Excel.

Repeat complex conversion tasks simply by restoring prior 'Conversion Jobs'. A 'Conversion Job' consists of all 'Conversion Tasks' that you specify to be done within the 'Convert XLS' user interface. This makes your future work to manipulate and convert XLS/XLSX /CSV/TXT files on a regular basis a mindless endeavor!

Automate your Excel Conversion tasks by using:
  • Built in scheduler
  • The command line interface
  • COM interface
  • Convert Excel with ' Convert XLS '

    Need to Convert Excel files?  Download and Try It (Free)!   For on line documentation... click here.

    Need to convert from a highly complicated text file to a XLS or CSV File (not a character delimited or fixed width text file)?  See 'TXL Wizard'

    Additional information for using 'Convert XLS' from the command line is shown below.

    ‘Convert XLS’ Features

    • Automate 'Convert XLS' from the command line or use the COM/ActiveX interface.
    • Move or delete input files after processing.
    • Convert Fixed Width Text Files to/from Excel or CSV files.
    • Save and restore complex conversion configurations.
    • Advanced Excel Manipulation Special processes including moving, deleting, adding and copying sheets.  Append/Concatenate Excel files into a single sheet.
    • Special processing of files including appending/concatenation, removing extra lines, launching 3rd party programs, search and replace strings and much more.
    • Numerous CSV (comma delimited file) manipulation features including padding, swapping out the delimiter and more. See below for more details.
    • Convert Excel files to and from Text/CSV/HTML/XML without requiring MS Excel to be installed. If you do have MS Excel, 'Convert XLS' will support all file types in addition to TXT, XML, CSV etc. (see table below for a listing).
    • XLSX Conversion supported. Convert XLSX to CSV, HTML, XML, XLS, TXT etc.
    • Batch can be stopped midway and resumed at a later time. 
    • Can be adapted for all languages.

    If you need to manipulate Excel file data, ‘ Convert XLS comes with numerous specialized processes including:

    • Copy Sheet Data/Formula from the same or different workbook. Specify ranges! Can be used to merge data from many sheets/workbooks.
    • Copy Worksheet(s) whole (including formatting) to the same or different workbook, and specify location within the workbook.
    • Merge Excel File Data. Combine Excel worksheet data by specifying the sheet(s) (and/or Range within each sheet) from a whole folder of workbooks to a single sheet.
    • Change cell(s) Value or Formula.
    • Batch printing of Excel (or any file MS Excel can open).
    • Run Excel Macros from command line or user interface.
    • Convert Word Tables To Excel.
    • Change cell numeric formatting of sheets/cells you specify. (e.g. apply currency format, text format, general number format, etc.).
    • Search and Replace Cell Contents of the sheets/cells you specify .
    • Add a new sheet and specify where to place the new sheet.
    • Delete a single or whole range of sheets within a workbook.
    • Move a sheet to a specific place within a workbook.
    • Rename an existing sheet.
    • Delete specified rows or columns, leaving the rest of the worksheet intact.
    • Transpose sheet data by converting rows to columns and columns to rows.
    • Change/Remove Workbook Passwords.
    • Convert Excel to/from to many file types including CSV, XML, HTM, TXT, SLK, WKS, DBF, Lotus and others. See below for listing.

    In addition to the worksheet manipulation, many other special processing for text, CSV, DOC, RTF and HTML files have been included. These include:

    • (DOC, RTF, HTM and TXT) Append (Concatenate) files. Original file(s) contents is placed at the end of the Target file.
    • (DOC, RTF, HTM and TXT) Remove Empty Lines.
    • (DOC, RTF, HTM and TXT) Search and Replace a String.
    • (CSV and TXT) Replace a character.
    • (*.CSV) Surround field with quotes.
    • (*.CSV) Pad field with spaces.
    • (*.CSV) Change comma to other delimiter.
    • (*.CSV) Remove Empty Lines.
    • (*.CSV) Created Fixed Width Fields.
    • (*.CSV) Include specified ROWS, discard all others.
    • (*.CSV) Include specified COLUMNS, discard all others.
    • (*.CSV) Remove control characters.
    • (*.CSV) Trim excess commas.
    • (*.CSV) Pad field(s) to a fixed length.
    • Launch (Run) a program.
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    What is the Command Line?

    If know how to use the command line and don't want to read the documentation skip straight to the examples.

    ‘Convert XLS’ can be run without a user interface with command line arguments much like in the good old DOS days.  Alternatively you can initiate command line execution by going to the operating system 'command prompt' or within Windows at the START-RUN menu and typing it in there.  Lastly, the command line interface can be used from Batch files (files with *.BAT extension). 

    There are two approaches to using the command line:

         A)  Specify a 'Conversion Job' that was built using the graphical user interface (GUI); or

         B)   Specify a 'Conversion Task' in detail from the command line.

    Specifying a 'Conversion Job' is very easy, as you only need to tell Convert XLS where to find the associated *.SII 'Conversion Job' file that you created from the GUI interface.  All the details associated with this task are executed in one fell swoop.  Specifying a 'Conversion Task' is much more tedious, but does not require the prior creation of a 'Conversion Job' file.  Each approach is discussed in more detail below.

    Important: To use the command line successfully you must do one of the following:

    A) Set the path in your environment variables to the location of ConvertXLS.EXE; or,

    B) Use the full path in the command line (with double quotes) like so:
    "C:\Program Files\Softinterface, Inc\Convert XLS\ConvertXLS.EXE" /S"C:\test\test.csv" /T "C:\test\test.xls" /C-4143 /F6 /M2 /V

    Otherwise, you'll see the following error: 
    "'Convert XLS' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."


    Specifying a 'Conversion Job'

    Once a conversion job has been created from the GUI interface, the syntax for specifying a 'Conversion Job'  is:

     ConvertXLS /J{ConversionJobFile}  [/V] [/L{LogFile}] [/B{LogToJobFile}] [/W{pw}] [/X{pw}] [/Y{pw}] [/Z{pw}]

    Items above enclosed in square brackets “[ ]” are optional, all other ‘switches’ are required.  Therefore /J should always be specified on the command line.


    To run the 'Conversion Job' specified by the "C:\MyJobs\ApplesOranges.SII" type the following in at the 'Command Prompt':

     ConvertXLS /J"C:\MyJobs\ApplesOranges.SII"

    You can include or exclude spaces between switches and parameters.  For example,  "/C6" is the same as "/C  6".  For long file names you may be required to use double quotes.  For example /J"C:\Program Files\MyApp\MyDoc.DOC".

    Specifying a 'Conversion Task'

    The documentation has a comprehensive set of examples, below are a selected few.  Modifying the examples can be a quick way to get going.

    The syntax for the command line for specifying a conversion task is:

    ConvertXLS /S{Original File(s)} /T{Target File(s)} /F# /C# [/M#][/N"{Sheet^Range^DelimChar}"] [/G] [/V] [/R] [/L{Logfile}] [/B{LogToJobFile}][/U] [/W{pw}] [/X{pw}] [/Y{pw}] [/Z{pw}]

    Items above enclosed in square brackets "[ ]" are optional, all other 'switches' are required. Therefore /S, /T, /C# should always be specified on the command line. There is one exception, however, and that is when /G (Save to original folder) is specified, the /T switch is not necessary.

    You can include or exclude spaces between switches and parameters. For example, "/C6" is the same as "/C 6". For long file names you may be required to use double quotes. For example /S"C:\Program Files\MyApp\MyDoc.DOC".

    /S{Original File(s)} is used to specify which files to convert. You can specify a single file, or in some cases a whole set of files using the wildcard syntax (i.e. "C:\MyFiles\*.XLS"). /T{Target files} should always be different from /S{Original File(s)}.

    Additional Note: Any file type that MS Excel can open is a valid original file /S{Original File} type.

    /T{Target File(s)} is used to specify where to save the converted file(s) to. You can specify a single file, or in some cases a whole set of files using the wildcard syntax (i.e. "C:\MyFiles\*.XLS"). /T{Target files} should always be different from /S{Original File(s)}.

    /F# tells 'Convert XLS' what file type the Original file (/S{Original File}) is. This is only required when using the 'Convert XLS' conversion method /M2. For all constants see File Type Constants.

    /C# tells 'Convert XLS' what the file type to convert the /T{Target File(s)} files to. For all constants see File Type Constants.

    [/M#] Specifies the Conversion Method to be used (if converting).  The following values are valid:

    1 = MS Excel (Default value)

    2 = 'Convert XLS' 

              This switch is not required if you are using the 'Convert XLS' method.

    [/N{"Sheet^Range^DelimChar"}] is used only when converting to/from an Excel file. It specifies which Sheets to convert, what Range to convert and what delimitation/separation character to use. The syntax for this parameter is critical, the 3 items are separated by a carrot character "^". If you do not include Sheet, Range or DelimChar they will default to all sheets, all used ranges and the comma delimitation character.  Also, the double quotation marks should always enclose this parameter.

    Use "*" or "" for all sheets. You can use names of sheets, or the numeric index. If using numeric indices, you can specify ranges of sheets (i.e. "1,4,10-20" and "4-10,9" etc.). Range and DelimChar are optional.

    For example to specify sheets "Apples" and "Oranges", with a Range of "A2:B20" and using a tab (ASCII decimal value of 9) as a separation character the syntax would be:


    [/G] Save files to their original folders. Use this instead of /T to place the converted files in the same folder as the original file. Cannot be used when converting a single, specified file from within a folder. Use the /T switch instead.

    [/V] Verbose mode. Specify this switch to display a message box indicating how the conversion went. See also /L

    [/R] Seek out and do all files found in the sub-folders specified in the /S switch. Recursive subdirectories. You may add this switch if you are processing whole directories of files. See /S, /T and /G for more details on selecting whole directories to be converted.

    [/L{LogFile}] Log file path and name (i.e. d:\mylogs\WCE.LOG) If this switch is specified a log file with the given path and name will be created and the results of the conversion will be written to it. See also /V

    [/B{LogToJobFile}] Save the Log file as a 'Conversion Job' ONLY IF ERRORS OCCURRED. This is useful if the files that had problems can be done at a later time, or with a different method. /B is different from /L, since the file generated with /B will not include extraneous comments not allowed in a 'Conversion Job' file. Save as a .SII file type so it can be loaded as a job.

    [/U] If converting an XLS file with multiple sheets specified, the /U switch will generate multiple files instead of a single file.

    [/W{PasswordToOpenOriginalFile(s)}]   Password to open the original file.

    [/X{PasswordToWriteToOriginalFile(s)}]   Password to allow for the writing to the original file.

    [/Y{PasswordToOpenTargetFile(s)}]   Password to open the target file.

    [/Z{ PasswordToWriteToTargetFile (s)}]   Password to allow for the writing to the target file.


    See Also:
    Web Based Documentation which includes example usage of the command line.

    File Type

    Description Constant

    Unicode Text

    (*.TXT) Unicode Text. Tab delimited.


    Text MS DOS

    (*.TXT) Text (MS-DOS) Tab delimited.



    (*.XML) Extensible Markup Language



    (*.HTM, *.HTML) Web Page



    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 97-2003 Workbook



    (*.XLSX) Microsoft Open XML Excel Workbook

    This is also the default file type as set in Excel’s:

    Office Button>Excel Options>Save



    (*.XLSM) Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook



    (*.CSV) Comma Delimited


    1CSV Unicode

    (*.CSV) Comma Delimited Windows Unicode


    1CSV UTF-8

    (*.CSV) Comma Delimited

    NOTE: ‘Convert XLS’ conversion method only.


    CSV Mac

    (*.CSV) Comma Delimited Macintosh



    (*.CSV) Comma Delimited DOS


    Web Page

    (*.MHT) Single File Web Page


    Text Printer

    (*.PRN) Space Delimited Text File


    Text Windows

    (*.TXT) Tab Delimited Text File


    Text Macintosh

    (*.TXT) Tab Delimited Text File



    (*.TXT) Tab Delimited Text File. Platform Independent.



    (*.XLSM) Open XML Workbook Macro Enabled



    (*.XLSB) Binary Workbook



    (*.XLTX) Open XML Template



    (*.XLTM) Open XML Template Macro Enabeld



    (*.XLAM) Open XML Add-In



    (*.DIF) Data Interchange Format


    Excel 5

    (*.XLW) Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook


    Excel 7

    (*.XLW) Microsoft Excel 7.0/95 Workbook



    (*.SLK) SYLK (Symbolik Link)



    (*.XLT) Template


    Add In

    (*.XLA) Microsoft Excel Add In


    International Add In

    Excel International add-in


    International Macro

    Excel International macro


    2Excel 2

    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 2.0 Worksheet


    2Excel 2 Far East

    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 2.0 Worksheet Far East


    2Excel 3

    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 3.0 Worksheet


    2Excel 4

    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 4.0 Worksheet


    2Excel 4 Workbook

    (*.XLW) Microsoft Excel 4.0 Workbook


    2Excel 97/95

    (*.XLS) Microsoft Excel 97-2000 & 5.0/95 Workbook



    (*.DBF) dBase II



    (*.DBF) dBase III



    (*.DBF) dBase IV



    (*.WK1) Lotus (1-2-3) 2.x Format


    2WK1 All

    (*.WK1) Lotus (1-2-3) 2.x ALL Format


    2WK1 Format

    (*.WK1) Lotus (1-2-3) 2.x FMT Format



    (*.WK3) Lotus (1-2-3) 3.x FMT Format



    (*.WK4) Lotus (1-2-3) 4.x Format


    2WK3 Format

    (*.WK3) Lotus (1-2-3) 3.x and Windows Format



    (*.WKS ) MS Works Format


    2Works2 Far East

    (*.WKS ) MS Works (Far East) Format



    (*.WQ1) Quattro Pro for MSDOS Format


    2WJ2 WD1

    (*.WJ2) Japanese 1-2-3



    (*.WJ3) Japanese 1-2-3


    2WJ3 Format

    (*.WJ3) Japanese 1-2-3 Format


     'Convert XLS' Supported File Types, Items in bold can be done without MS Excel installed.

    1Note that the ‘Convert XLS’ conversion method can specify any character be used to delimit the data. So including the comma character, you could specify the TAB, Semicolon, Bar or any character in the ASCII chart. Specify the character by going to the OPTIONS button then click on the "CSV, TSV…" tab.

    2No longer supported in MS Excel versions 2007 and above.

    3Versions of Excel 2007 and up will support this file format.


    Text, CSV, and HTML (various database formats also) are just a few of the many formats you may use this Excel converter to go to and from.   Convert Excel files with 'Convert XLS'!



    "Your wonderful utility took a mere ten minutes to append all 22,000 files into one gigantic 2 gigabyte file. For comparison purposes, the program that wrote the files took approximately 30 hours to write out said 22,000 files. System: 1GHz Pentium/512 Meg RAM Laptop"  'Convert XLS' 
    "Thanks. The product is terrific. It did exactly what I needed it to do. I had 1321 text files I needed to convert to Word. It did it in about 6 minutes." Don Geiger Cullen and Dykman June 2003.

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